ABOUT COUNTY ROAD AGENCIES
County road agency (noun) - A countywide governmental agency comprised of staff and a three- or five-member board of directors. Responsible for safe, efficient roads and bridges. Works collaboratively with county, township and municipal governments, as well as local business communities and economic development agencies, industries and the public.
County road agencies by the numbers:
78 county road commissions
5 road departments
Maintain 76 percent of Michigan road miles
90,000 miles of roads and 5,700 bridges
County road agencies are in regular communication with leadership from townships, cities, villages and tribal governments in their county. County road agencies also work with the local business community to assess road needs for current and future industries.
Input like this helps shape the way transportation asset management is practiced by county road agencies and ensures communities' needs are met - as well as current funding allows, anyway.
A just-released 360-degree survey by the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State and Urban Policy found that local leaders in Michigan have a very positive view about their relationship with county road agencies. Road commissions received 78 percent approval with regard to their relationships with local government; 76 percent approval for timeliness of response; 68 percent for fairness of decisions, 65 percent approval for quality of road work (which is particularly appreciated during this time of difficult funding), and 67 percent overall satisfaction.
The U of M Michigan Public Policy Survey (May 2015) may be read here.